Berlusconi named 'Rock Star of the Year'

Controversial Italian Primer Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been named 'Rock Star of the Year' by the Italian edition of Rolling Stone magazine which paid tribute to his 'lifestyle worthy of the greatest rock star.'

A cover illustration featuring a smiling Berlusconi, who has been caught up in a number of alleged scandals over the past year including rumours of a relationship with an 18-year-old girl as well as having ladies of the night over at the PM's pad, adorns the magazine's front cover.

Carlo Antonelli, the editor of the Italian edition of the popular magazine spoke about the decision: 'This year the choice was unanimous, for his obvious merits due to a lifestyle for which the words 'rock and roll' fall short. Rod Stewart, Brian Jones, Keith Richards in their prime were schoolboys compared to him.'

When quizzed about possible political motivations behind the choice of Berlusconi, Antonelli denied the charge: 'We are far from favouring either the left or right ... Silvio Berlusconi's daily behaviour, his furious vitality, his inimitable lifestyle have given him, especially this year, incredible international popularity.'

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